Factory along the Detroit River.

Michigan is the home of the American automotive industry. For most of the twentieth century, it was a manufacturing powerhouse. In addition to automotive plants, Michigan had numerous steel mills, chemical plants, foundries, power plants, and paper mills. Unfortunately, these industries used large amounts of asbestos, as an insulating material on the factory floor and a component of many pieces of industrial equipment.

Asbestos was also used as a raw material in a variety of automotive parts, such as brakes, clutches, and gaskets. Vehicle manufacturers used asbestos as an insulating material and a strengthening agent. Factory workers were exposed to asbestos during the manufacturing of these components.

Although the Big Three automotive manufacturers were well-aware of the hazards of asbestos as early as the 1930s, they continued to use asbestos without warning their workers and consumers. U.S. automobile manufacturers did not completely stop using asbestos until the 1990s.

Finally, Michigan residents may be at risk of asbestos exposure even today, from asbestos materials in residential and commercial buildings. Asbestos insulation was used in the construction of many Michigan homes, offices, and schools to retain heat during the long cold winters. Many other construction materials also contained asbestos, including cement, plaster, joint compound, siding, tiles, and even paint. These asbestos materials are still in place in many older buildings.


Below is a list of occupations that put Michigan workers at a known risk of asbestos exposure. If you worked in one of these occupations in the 1980s or earlier, there is a good chance that you were exposed to asbestos:

  • Automobile Mechanics
  • Boilermakers
  • Brewery Workers
  • Chemical Plant Workers
  • Construction Workers
  • Electricians
  • Foundry Workers
  • Industrial Plant Workers
  • Insulators
  • Pipefitters
  • Plasterers
  • Power Plant Workers
  • Railroad Workers
  • Sheetmetal Workers
  • U.S. Navy Veterans
  • Welders


There are thousands of Michigan job sites with a well-documented history of asbestos use, more than we can possibly list here. If you believe that you may have been exposed to asbestos at some other site in Michigan, please contact one of our mesothelioma attorneys for more information.

If you or a family member worked in one of these places prior to the 1990s, there is a good chance you were exposed to asbestos on the job:


  • A.C. Spark Plug Co.
  • American Motor Co.
  • American Radiator Co.
  • Buick Motor Div.
  • Cadillac Motor Car Div.
  • Chevrolet Motor
  • Chrysler – Axle Plant
  • Chrysler – Dodge Main
  • Chrysler – Engine Plant
  • Chrysler – Stamping Plant
  • Delphi Automotive Systems
  • Detroit Diesel Corp
  • Diamond Red Trucks Div.
  • Dodge Trucks Div.
  • Dort Motor Car Co
  • Fisher Body
  • Ford Motor Co.
  • Ford Motor Co. – Casting Center
  • Ford Motor Co. – Engineering Plant
  • Ford Motor Co. – Rouge River Plant
  • Ford Motor Co. – Tractor Plant
  • General Motors Co.
  • General Motors Co. – Delco Moraine Plant
  • General Motors Co. – Oldsmobile Plant
  • General Motors Co. – Pontiac Plant
  • General Motors – Proving Grounds
  • General Motors – Technical Center
  • GMC Coach & Truck Div.
  • GMC Diesel Equipment Div.
  • Harrison Radiator Div.
  • Hayes Body Corp.
  • Hudson Motor Car Co.
  • Maxwell Motor Car Co.
  • Olds Motor Corp.
  • White Motor Company

Steel and Metal

  • American Bar & Foundry
  • American Car & Foundry Co.
  • Arcadian Copper Co.
  • Bohn Aluminum & Brass Co.
  • Brooks Foundry Inc.
  • Champion Iron & Steel Co.
  • Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co.
  • Chrysler Huber St. Foundry
  • Detroit Copper & Brass
  • Ford Motor Co. – Steel Div.
  • General Electric Metallurgical Products Div.
  • Great Lakes Steel Corp.
  • Grede Foundries Inc.
  • Jaxon Steel Products
  • Marquette Iron Mining
  • McClouth Steel Co.
  • Michigan Brass & Iron Works
  • National Steel Corp.
  • Pioneer Iron Corp.
  • Rouge Steel Co.
  • United States Steel & Wire Co.
  • White Pine Copper Co.

Chemical Plants

  • American Chemical Co.
  • Chrysler Chemical
  • Dow Chemical Company
  • E.I. Du Pont Co.
  • North American Chemical Co.
  • Stauffer Chemical Co
  • Wyandotte Chemical Co.

Other Industry

  • Acme Equipment Co.
  • Bay Manufacturing Co.
  • Bryant Paper Co.
  • Campbell Wyant & Cannon
  • Detroit Edison Co.
  • Dow Corning Corp.
  • Evans Products Co.
  • Hoffman Engineering Co.
  • International Paper Corp.
  • Kimberly Clark Corp.
  • Mead Papers
  • Merillat Woodworking Co.
  • Michigan Alkali Co.
  • Michigan Electric Light & Power
  • National Gypsum Co.
  • Olsen Bodies Inc.
  • Port Huron Light & Power
  • Saginaw Manufacturing Co.
  • Tyco International
  • Upjohn Co.
  • Wolverine Construction Co.


The heavy use of asbestos by the automotive industry and others has taken its toll on the health of Michigan workers. The state suffers from a very high incidence of mesothelioma, a deadly cancer of the lining of the lungs and abdomen caused by asbestos.

A study by the Centers for Disease control showed that at least 558 Michigan residents died of mesothelioma in the years 1999 to 2005. This gave Michigan the 9th highest rate of mesothelioma death rate in the nation.

Tragically, these high rates of disease are likely to continue well into the next decade.

Mesothelioma has a long latency period, so a person can develop the disease up to 50 years after the initial exposure to asbestos. Even though asbestos is rarely used today, many Michigan residents are diagnosed with mesothelioma every year as a result of past exposures.


If you have been diagnosed with mesothelioma, and you believe you were exposed to asbestos in Michigan, we urge you to contact one of our lawyers for a free consultation. We can help you investigate the sources of your exposure, and determine what companies were responsible. You should also be aware that it is important to act quickly if you are considering a lawsuit, because you have limited amount of time to file suit.

Our firm has represented numerous clients who were diagnosed with mesothelioma after being exposed to asbestos on the job in Michigan. We have decades of experience in the asbestos litigation. We will put our expertise to work for you.